This State Could Clear Past Minor Marijuana Convictions From Records

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

If a bi-partisan group of lawmakers committed to criminal justice reform get their way, Delaware could clear past minor marijuana convictions from records between 1977 and 2015.

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Since 2017, Delaware has been cautiously working toward a future with legal adult-use cannabis and a regulated market. But a new marijuana bill introduced in the General Assembly Wednesday is aiming at correcting the wrongs of the past. Delaware decriminalized cannabis possession up to an ounce in 2015. Anyone convicted prior, however, kept their criminal record. On Wednesday, a bi-partisan group of lawmakers took a step to change that. If their legislation passes, Delaware could clear past minor marijuana convictions from records for more than 1,000 people.

While Delaware Debates Legalization, Lawmakers Make Good On Decriminalization

Decriminalization is no substitute for a regulated adult-use cannabis market. While still a significant reform, it often doesn’t address prior marijuana convictions and does little to reduce illicit sales.

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